Yesterday Matthew Daddario was announced to be playing Alec Lightwood in the Shadowhunters TV show.
Cassandra Clare went to Tumblr to talk about how she first saw Matthew’s audition and I loved the story so wanted to share it for all those who don’t have Tumblr:
Matthew Daddario has been cast to play Alec Lightwood in the Shadowhunters TV show.
There’s actually a story here, which is that I first saw Matthew’s audition in a set of auditions for Jace. I tagged it “Would be perfect Alec” and sent to the producers. People often forget I think but in the beginning of the books Alec is a center point of stability and Izzy and Jace are both kind of spinning off. He projected a gravitas that worked for Alec for me.
That was before anyone, even Dom, was cast — and literally last night/this morning I heard he’d come in to audition in LA, and that everyone loved him and he was Alec. I was stunned — but I had seen him and loved him much earlier, though admittedly I saw him try out for Jace!
The Lightwoods I’ve been told are going to be a mixed race family so I look forward to seeing who is cast as Robert, Maryse and Max.
So Matthew originally auditions for Jace but got the role of Alec!
I think he will make a perfect Alec and cannot wait to see what he brings to the character.
It was also interesting to find out how the Lightwoods will be a mixed race family! I’M SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS! I don’t believe that the race of the Lightwoods is a massive character defining feature so them changing them from white to a mixed race family makes no difference to me and it shouldn’t to you either!
Shadowhunters will begin prinicple photography later this month.